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Amar Chitra Katha

Karline McLain

in Hinduism

ISBN: 9780195399318
Published online April 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195399318-0002
Amar Chitra Katha

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Amar Chitra Katha is India’s first and most beloved comic book series. Founded by Anant Pai in 1967, it is also an important cultural institution that has helped to define, for several generations of readers, what it means to be Hindu and Indian. Its first heroes were Hindu gods and goddesses including Krishna, Rama, and Durga, whose stories were drawn from classical Hindu mythology. In the 1970s, historical Indian figures were added into the mix, including medieval warrior kings such as Shivaji and Akbar and modern freedom fighters such as Bhagat Singh and Mahatma Gandhi. To date, the comic book series entails over 440 titles and has sold more than 100 million issues. Over the past several decades, this English-language comic book series has been wildly popular with the middle classes in India and with the global Indian diaspora. For these readers, as for the producers, the comics in this series are not considered primarily an entertainment product; instead, they are regarded as foundational texts for the religious and national education of their young readers. It is the realization of this profound significance of these comics in the everyday lives of their millions of readers that has prompted several scholars to undertake serious studies of the Amar Chitra Katha series.

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Subjects: Hinduism

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